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Skip Bayless Says Kevin Cash Pulled Blake Snell For Media Attention

“Aside from Cash’s knack for giving good interviews, Bayless says the media is also drawn to Cash because the Rays don’t have many superstars on their roster.”

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Sports pundits throughout the day on Wednesday took turns roasting Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash for pulling ace pitcher Blake Snell after just 73 pitches in Game 6 of the World Series which the Rays ultimately lost 3-1. Skip Bayless also criticized Cash for the move on FS1’s Undisputed, but he also took the unusual stance of, at least partially, blaming the media for playing a part in Cash’s decision.

Bayless frames his argument by comparing Snell’s performance before he was removed to Cardinals great Bob Gibson.

“It was very clear that Blake Snell was the best player on the field last night, from both teams,” Bayless said. “Bob Gibson was my favorite baseball player growing up. He pitched three games in three World Series. Eight of them were complete games. They rode their horse to the finish. The Dodgers had no chance against Blake Snell. They were making weak or no contact against him.”

Bayless then offers an explanation as to why Cash pulled Snell from the game. He loves media attention.

“Kevin Cash was not money last night,” Bayless said. “I immediately tweeted (after Cash took Snell out of the game) ‘bad idea’. Kevin Cash has become a media lightning rod throughout these playoffs. He does a great interview, but I think he got a little full of himself, thinking I’m the face of my team. They (the media) want to talk to me more than they do anybody else.”

Aside from Cash’s knack for giving good interviews, Bayless says the media is also drawn to Cash because the Rays don’t have many superstars on their roster.

“They have Blake Snell and they have Randy Arozarena, but he came out of nowhere. So by default the star of the team became Kevin Cash and he starts to think he is a genius because he understands analytics.

Bayless particularly took exception to the way Cash pulled Snell from the game saying the move deflated the Tampa Bay dugout.”

“Again Kevin Cash is full of himself,” he said. “Blake Snell gives up a one out single and Kevin Cash comes running out of the dugout with the cameras all on him gesturing for the bullpen to give him the right-hander. Then the camera cuts to Blake Snell who utters an expletive he knew (he was being taken out of the game). You can’t do that to the man. He could have gone all nine innings and the Dodgers maybe would have gotten one run off of him. Instead before I could reach for my keyboard, it was 2-1 Dodgers and you could just see the life go out of the Rays dugout.”

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Field Yates Re-Ups With ESPN

After the departure of Matthew Berry to NBC, ESPN has locked down fantasy expert Field Yates with a new contract to remain in Bristol.

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After the departure of Matthew Berry to NBC, ESPN has locked down fantasy expert Field Yates with a new contract to remain in Bristol.

Yates, 35, would have been a valuable target for FanDuel or DraftKings, surmises Andrew Marchand of The New York Post — who first reported the news — due to his large following on Twitter.

Yates, who also works as a host of Fantasy Football Now and NFL Insider for the network, across multiple platforms including ESPN Radio, will continue in those roles in addition to an assumed expansion of fantasy football duties after Berry’s exit.

He has worked for ESPN since 2012.

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Michael Smith Joining Amazon Prime Video’s Thursday Night Football Studio Coverage

“It’s a full-circle moment. It’s back to my roots in many respects. I always wanted to be a part of a national telecast … and here I am,” said Smith.

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Michael Smith is joining Amazon Prime’s Thursday Night Football coverage, he tells USA Today.

“It’s a full-circle moment. It’s back to my roots in many respects. I always wanted to be a part of a national telecast … and here I am,” said Smith.

He will work as a “news analyst” for the streaming platform’s studio show, a role he similarly held for ESPN‘s NFL Sunday Countdown. Former Countdown producer Amina Hussein is the head of on-air sports talent development for Prime.

Smith becomes the latest of a growing cast Prime Video has assembled for Thursday Night Football coverage. Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit will work in the broadcast booth, Kaylee Hartung will work the sidelines, Charissa Thompson will anchor the studio show with Tony Gonzalez, Richard Sherman, Aqib Talib, and Andrew Whitworth, and Taylor Rooks will work as a feature reporter. Dude Perfect, a comedy group famous for social media “trick shot videos”, will reportedly offer a Manningcast-style alternate broadcast.

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Report: ESPN Declines Final Offer From Big Ten

Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand reports ESPN declined a seven-year, $380 million per year offer from the Big Ten to remain a media partner of the conference.

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What came as speculation Monday night is now being reported as fact: ESPN is out of the Big Ten media rights negotiations.

Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand reports ESPN declined a seven-year, $380 million per year offer from the Big Ten to remain a media partner of the conference. ESPN has owned, at least a portion, of Big Ten football and basketball rights for 40 years.

The Big Ten is expected to announce a partnership with Fox, CBS, and NBC that will see three conference games air on network television each Saturday. Fox will air the Big Ten during their Big Noon Kickoff timeslot, CBS will replace the SEC with the Big Ten at 3:30 eastern, and NBC will feature a Big Ten game in primetime.

Several reports put the Big Ten’s latest television rights deal at or exceeding $1 billion per year. CBS is expected to pay roughly $350 million for the Big Ten package.

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